Company That Makes T-Shirts Glorifying Drugs Tells Mom No One Cares That Her Kid Overdosed

pillsWhat's worse than a company that glamorizes drug use by selling clothes printed with logos of commonly abused prescription drugs (and instructions on how to use them)? A company that glamorizes drug use AND lashes out at a mom who lost her son to an overdose!

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Patty DiRenzo of New Jersey has been actively campaigning against drug abuse since losing her 26-year-old son Sal to a heroin overdose five years ago, so she was understandably horrified when she saw the designs of California-based Urban Stash Spot Clothing: sweatshirts, T-shirts, shorts, and pants printed with what look like label designs for such medications as Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine, Xanax and Adderall. Here's an example:

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So naturally, the concerned DiRenzo wrote an email to the company:

"Explain to me how glamorizing drugs on clothes is good??? I lost my son to drugs and do not understand why you would create clothing that glamorizes them," she wrote.

"I will be reaching out to my support groups through social media to fight against your clothing,"  she added.

Most likely DiRenzo wasn't expecting a warm, friendly email in response -- but I doubt she was expecting a reply quite as hateful as the one she received. 

The first email DiRenzo received read:

"B***h, help your kid out next time."

And the messages just got worse from there:

"#UrbanGangB***h, don’t be mad at Fields cause ur [sic] son made stupid decisions," read the second email. But the third (each email was from a different company employee) was definitely the worst of all:

"No one gives a f*** how you lost your son. F*** YOUR SON. I’d kill em [sic] myself if he was alive still lol jk you f***ing petty b***h … post this too you f***ing lowlife. You still won’t do a damn thing and you aren’t going to change s***! You’re as insignificant as a grain of sand so just wash away."

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Unbelievable! How cruel can you get? I understand that Urban Stash Spot Clothing sees nothing wrong with their designs (after all, they're the ones manufacturing and selling the clothing), but their response is beyond uncalled for. If nothing else, this kind of behavior is incredibly damaging to the reputation of their business -- did no one think of that? And to make light of such a tragic loss is simply unforgivable. Of course, once DiRenzo realized the level of screwed-up-ness she was dealing with, she was pretty much paralyzed with shock.

"I didn't know what to do," DiRenzo said.

She continued: "I was so dumbfounded because I couldn't believe a business would operate this way."

No doubt! Who CAN believe that? Although perhaps the history of Urban Stash Spot Clothing serves as something of a clue: Apparently the business was started by "two brothers and a close friend" while in prison. Guess that's not exactly a surprise. As for what DiRenzo or anyone else can do about the company, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that no one probably has to do much of anything -- this venture will probably fall apart all on its own, if these emails are any indication of how they run their business. I mean, if people want to wear these clothes, they're free to do it -- but supporting such callous mean-spiritedness is another thing entirely. If the content of their designs alone doesn't merit a boycott, their actions certainly do.

 

Images via Marko Javorac/Flickr; ussclothing.com

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